WHIDBEY RECIPES: Belly fat sticks out as issue for health agencies near and far

Belly fat; if you have it, you could be in for anything from diabetes to dementia to dysfunction. You know the dysfunction I’m talking about, the dreaded ED all those TV ads go on and on about. Belly fat is the current hot health mania, and not just in this country.

VIDEO: South Whidbey High School Class of 2008 graduates

More than 120 Falcons left the nest on Saturday as South Whidbey High School held its 2008 commencement ceremony.

WHIDBEY RECIPES: (Geo)Duck Hunt – Tips on digging and cooking

After the Father’s Day column about digging geoducks with my Dad, I had several e-mails asking for more information about both digging and cooking ’ducks, as well as a few conversations with acquaintances also curious about ’duck digging.

ISLAND BIRDING: Windowsill deaths caused by ‘battering robin syndrome’

While gardening outside our sunroom last week, I discovered two gorgeously plumed male black-headed grosbeaks dead below a window. They lay side-by-side, heads pointed toward the window.

  • May 31, 2008

Chalk Art Festival will bring color to Langley’s streets

The streets of Langley will be doused in rainbow colors once again as chalk artists of all ages hit the bricks later this month.

  • May 7, 2008

ALL ABOARD: All the news that’s fit to deliver

My oft interrupted career in the newspaper business began on the flat slopes of Northwest Boulevard, on a dark, cold morning in Columbus, Ohio.

  • May 7, 2008

Jammin’ for a good body

Islanders are discovering the highs of dancing with a little attitude — and subsequently becoming heart healthier and more buff to boot.


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  • Apr 9, 2008

Harvest celebration goes to the dogs

The crisp autumn air is ripe for freshly pressed cider and a brisk walk with the dog under a leafy canopy of color. Thank goodness, then, that Apple Day and the third annual Mutt Strut comes to Bayview Corner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

  • Oct 24, 2007

Sixty years on memory lane

Langley High School class of 1947 meets for 60th reunion It was 60 years ago that the 20 members of the Langley High School class of 1947 graduated and left their teenaged youth behind for the wider world. But Whidbey Island seems to have a magnetic pull and of the nine remaining class members, almost all of them still live on the island.

  • Aug 29, 2007

HOMETOWN HERO: Betty believes life isn’t about her

Hometown Hero Betty Lehman has always held the belief that life isn’t about her. And for Lehman this belief has made all the difference in the way she views life. “Betty has been a trustworthy volunteer, a faithful church member, a community-minded woman who will go to any length to make a difference,” says Pastor Jim Lindus of Trinity Lutheran Church.

  • Aug 25, 2007

To pipe, to Put, to Jig and Drum

Fancy a Scottish fling? Or perhaps you’d prefer the Australian Ladies. No worries, both can be found from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Whidbey Island Highland Games at Greenbank Farm.

  • Aug 8, 2007

3, 2, 1 Here comes the Rocket man

On the first day of model rocket class every year, Leonard Good writes on the blackboard: “I am the famous Leonard.” Good is famous, indeed, as the man responsible for helping kids to launch hundreds of homemade rockets for seven years.

  • Jul 28, 2007

Historic club holds sale

It’s high summer and time for the Price is Right Sale at the Baby Island Saratoga Club. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, friends and neighbors will gather to enjoy the 32nd annual open-air marketplace of arts and crafts, plants, second-hand treasures and eatable goodies. Located on Saratoga Road just south of the Amble Road intersection, the sale draws residents and summer folks from all over South Whidbey every year.

  • Jul 17, 2007

Rocketing sound and color for Independence Day

The best pyrotechnicians have the power to elicit the most heartfelt “oohs” or “ahhs” from Fourth of July crowds all across our 231-year-old nation.

  • Jul 4, 2007

Follow your mission, pardner

If your intentions are noble, your purpose honorable, then you have paved your way to your mission. The M-Bar-C Ranch in Freeland has a clear mission statement, beginning with “helping kids.” The Forgotten Children Foundation purchased M-Bar-C in 2003, and Bill O’Brien took over the helm.

  • Jun 30, 2007

South Whidbey’s Most Wanted

They are your neighbors, your friends. They look like they couldn’t hurt a fly, but behind the innocent facades of the small-town business owner, politician, real estate agent and, yes, even a former judge, hide some serious criminal minds.

  • Jun 20, 2007

South Whidbey Tilth celebrates 25 years today

Let them eat organic cake. The chime that rings in the 25th birthday of South Whidbey Tilth this morning at 10 a.m. will signify sustenance, and you can bet their cake will taste good.

  • Jun 16, 2007